[Ads-l] Polly

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 30 17:43:53 EDT 2017


Wot, no "Three Pete"?

JL

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 4:42 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> > But who would name a kid "Paul Parrot"?
>
> The same kind of parents who - supposedly - would name their twin sons
> "Pete" and "Re-Pete," I reckon. In the post-War years, that tale often
> appeared in the anecdote sections of newspapers and magazines.
>
> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Agreed. But the "poll" in"poll-parrot" isn't clearly a feminine name,
> would
> > you call a boater-wearing, umbrella-wielding, cigar-chomping male parrot
> > "Polly"?
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Carioca
> >
> > Not unless you wanted your nose removed.
> >
> > Thanks for the reminder of "Poll Parrot Shoes." Never wore 'em, always
> > wanted 'em.
> >
> > But who would name a kid "Paul Parrot"?
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 10:04 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > > Used unisexually
> > >
> > > This isn't news, is it? Amongst the colored - well, for those of us
> born
> > > before WWII -  _polly-parrot_ is the usual term for "parrot," despite
> the
> > > existence of the well-known - at one time; the company once sponsored
> > > "howdy Doody Time" - "Poll Parrot" brand of shoes.
> > >
> > > "Paul Parrot had a shoe company for many years and in 1925 decided to
> > > manufacture children’s shoes under the name Poll Parrot Shoes. Poll
> > parrot
> > > was an endearing term used for many years in regards to parrots (a
> > version
> > > of Polly Parrot)."
> > >
> > > https://companionparrotonline.com/poll_parrot.html
> > >
> > > On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
> > wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Used unisexually for a male parrot as well, in Harry Greenbank and
> > Sidney
> > > > Jones's "Interfering Parrot" (1896):
> > > >
> > > > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4MpZowd5sU
> > > >
> > > > JL
> > > >
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> --
> -Wilson
> -----
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